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MN Historical Society Visit

On Wednesday morning, the fabulous members of the Women’s Organization of the Minnesota Historical Society (WOMHS) paid us a visit. While they were here, WOMHS took a tour our workshop and learned a bit about our 100-plus-year history. They enjoyed some treats from local pastry shop Bread & Chocolate, and got to take a sneak peek at some of our new Fall styles. See a few snapshots below from their visit.


They shopped our show room.



Learned about our history as a St. Paul, Minnesota landmark.


And took a tour of our workshop, lead by sales manager, Kim.

See more photos from the event on our Facebook Page.

SnowGRADE 2012

Thanks to everyone who came out for SnowGRADE this Saturday at Architectural Antiques.

Between an excellent roster of vendors including Greenwich VintageByrd and BelleBest Made CoStormy Kromer,  Moonshine Coffee Co. and more, as well as crowds of visitors from start to finish, SnowGRADE was a success and wouldn’t have been possible with out you. Thanks especially to our event co-producers, Pierrepont Hicks as well as SnowGRADE sponsors: Architectural AntiquesBlackBlueFaribault Woolen Millsmartinpatrick3Northern Brewer, and Red Wing Shoe Co..


There was even some snow just in time for SnowGRADE.

Our Vintage Awning Tote.

Sharing knowledge over some Best Made Axes.

Men’s vintage flannel looking quite homey next to some antique lamps.

A few of our Legacy handbags and totes.


SnowGRADE may be over, but we’ll be back for NorthernGRADE again this September. See you then!

Northern Grade 2011

Thanks to everyone who came out for the 2nd annual NorthernGRADE last month, co-hosted by J.W. Hulme Co. and Pierrepont Hicks.

We would like to thank our excellent sponsors martinpatrick3Red Wing Shoe Co., Metro MagazineBlackBlue and Fox River, as well as our many wonderful vendors. A special thanks for the delicious food and beverage items provided by Jill & Ian of 128 Cafe, Intelligista Coffee and Art in the Age Spirits.

NorthernGRADE is an annual one-day Pop Up Men’s Market that celebrates American-made originals.

One of our own, Larry, posing in the photo booth at the event, which was held at at Architectural Antiques in NE Minneapolis.

Be sure to join us for the next NorthernGRADE in September 2012!

Before & After: Bare Pewter Legacy

This last Spring we fell in love with our new leather, Bare Pewter. This fall we fell in love again when we saw how wonderfully Bare Pewter ages with use.  Bare Pewter is a full grain leather from a domestic tannery and it’s soft hand makes it the perfect choice for handbags.  Its cool grey mineral tone compliments both spring and fall looks. Take a look at what your Bare Pewter Legacy would look like new and after several months of use.

The Archives

J.W. Hulme Co. is proud to introduce its first ever auction site: The Archives.  Twice a year we hold a Seconds and Sample sale at our Saint Paul location.  Those not fortunate enough to live in Saint Paul have missed out on this opportunity to get our products at a great price, then came The Archives.  Now everyone can have access to a J.W. Hulme Co. one-of-a-kind bag. The Archives will include bags that were made as samples, bags that never made it into production, styles that are from our archive and haven’t been produced for some time and bags that have not passed our stringent quality control.


Make sure to check back as new styles will be added weekly.  Happy Bidding!

A Trip to the Tannery

J.W. Hulme Co. prides itself on manufacturing its leather and canvas goods in the USA.  A part of that mission includes sourcing our raw materials from other American companies.  Meet S.B. Foot one of three domestic tanneries that supply J.W. Hulme Co. with leather and the only one that hails from our great state.

S.B. Foot opened its doors years before we did and has been producing high quality leather hides since 1872 along the banks of the Trout Brook in Red Wing, MN.  Their mission statement says it all,  “At S.B. Foot Tanning Company, our goal is quality, a goal we have achieved and delivered for more than a century.”

The sun finally came out for our road trip to Red Wing where Pete, the man about town, showed us the ropes at S.B. Foot and let us dig around in the sample room.  We are very excited about the new leathers you will soon see in our line.

Read more about S.B Foot’s history here and their tanning process here.



Take a look at more pictures from our visit on our facebook page here.